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It's been a few months, 7 to be exact, and we finally have the keys to our first Carver... a 2004 356 with 8.1L Gi Pentas. We looked at several brands (non-Carvers) and models over those months but narrowed it down to a 355 or 356 once we realized this was what we wanted. We made an offer on a 1998 355 and a 2003 356 but couldn't come to an agreement with those owners. And finally, in our own back yard (our boating lake), we found the dream we were looking for all those months. Patience paid off big time for us. We couldn't be happier. We have spent one weekend on her so far and I've been all over her like a cheap $5, ah, car wash.
We all know a boat is a trade off of something and mine was a tight engine room. Or in this case let's just call it a space. Wholly crap, seriously, if I gain a pound I'll never get down in the engine space again. But... otherwise the Admiral and I can't smile enough
So before I sign off on my first post as a new owner I'll leave one question for you all... WHAT is with the battery set up on this boat? The manual shows a battery switch with on/off/1/2 but that's not we have. We have what seems to be the diesel set up, i.e. on/off under the step and then 3 other on/off (one for each engine and genny). I'd show you my pics but can't figure that out for now. Anyway, anyone one to comments on that specific set up please do. And finally, for more interesting facts, it comes with 4 (yes, four) deep cycle batteries. And that's listed in the original paperwork sa well.
I look forward to all our upcoming conversations.
All the best Captains,
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Well, I finally took on a project to address the shower sumps. I have two, one for the fwd head and one for the aft. The original equipment was still working but it is loud and the fittings on the reservoir were starting to leak at the aft cabin so I decided to pull the unit out. Also figured I would service the pump, as it's been at least a decade since I last cleaned it out. I figured I might put new grommets on the mounting bolts, as the pump is pretty noisy and I thought it might help isolate better. All the equipment is original to the boat (1983) and until recently was running perfect.
Here's a pic of the fwd sump, but it's basically identical to the original aft sump before I pulled it out.
After getting it out and starting to price some parts (the reservoir needed new 'thru-hulls'), I decided just to replace the whole thing with an assembly. I can't believe how much some of the vendors are getting for these. I ended up buying a knock-off and putting it in. All the new ones have regular impeller-type pumps in them, so they all leave a level of water in the reservoir. My old pumps are diaphragm pumps and could suck the entire reservoir dry, but they did have a float so the float would shutoff before they were completely dry. I had debated for several years to add a push-button manual switch in parallel with the float, so you could run the pump for a few seconds to clear out that remaining water, but never did that.
Here is a pic of the install. Figured while I had it out I took out the mounting below the reservoir and cleaned and painted the whole compartment. After putting it in I realized it had to also replace the bolt that you use to pull the hatch, as it was too long and would hit the lid of the reservoir and not go flush to the floor. The old reservoir had no lid. The new pump is MUCH, MUCH quieter than the originals.
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Returning from an outing in a no wake zone at idle i lost control of the port drive. Motor ran fine, just no drive. Opened engine bay and found trans fluid all over the bilge. Boat dealer put a quart of trans fluid in the drive, tested and it worked fine. Have not been able to test and watch for leaks. Dealer is thinking it's the lower shaft seal.
Has anyone dealt with this? Can the seal be replaced while the boat is in the water? Is it a v-drive re-build situation?
Thanks in advance for any help...
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My 1994 Carver 390CPMY has a Marine Air unit for the forward and also a digital panel, which I believe is the ECU (Now called they FX-Maxx) control. The inside temp is way off, by about 8 degrees. I have scoured the web for programming or an owners manual, but so far nothing. Does anyone have any documentation on this control?
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I have 8.1 Volvo's with 600 hours in a 2003, 360 SS. The port engine runs hotter than It should. At one point it ran up to 240 on the gauge. I have replaced the raw water pump, flushed the raw water side with dock water, removed the end caps from the heat exchanger and flushed it. It still runs warmer than the starboard side. I understand the gauges aren't really calibrated on these and only show 100 and 240 on them. Just looking for more suggestions. It cools down once it the RPM is up over about 1,200. That can be tough in no wake zones!
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COMPLETELY new to this forum - nothing to mention of boating in general. Thanks in advance for your attention.
I have been looking for a family vessel now for quite some time - and have put down a purchase contract on one (via a broker - don't get me started on the "broker" as there is little I can do at this point.)
She is a 28', 1987 Riviera. (approx 32 LOA) Cosmetically she needs some work (but what 30+ year old boat does not), but her "bones" appear solid and she is equipped with dual Yanmar 4LH-DTE 170 HP (approx 450 hr each).
From everything I have read, not only are diesel engines better, but specifically these are good engines and with proper care and maintenance I could expect 8k-10k hours on them ... 5k, if I treated them horribly (which I will not).
With that being said, other than that, I'd like to know things that I might want to specifically look for. My family really wants this to happen (and so do I), but I need to know what I don't know. I do not mind doing some basic maintenance myself, and the family is also up for doing minor cosmetic work like sanding and staining on the wood work. The entire family appears to be on-board (pun intended) and all we want to do is cruise around the ICW here in SW FL.
This would be my first boat ever as an owner - but have basic skills from smaller boats over the years. I am also a certificated private pilot, so I'm fairly certain I can learn to handle the boat. Yes, I took the online boater safety class via the US Power Squadron and have received my card from the state.
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Pros? Cons? Things I should look for?
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I have a 93 aft cabin model that I bought about a month ago, it has hydraulic steering and I think I need to add fluid to it (it doesn’t steer smoothly). From what I’ve seen, typically there is a nut on the steering column at the help, however I just don’t see one anywhere. Can someone give me any suggestions as to where to add the fluid.
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